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Arizona Submarine Veterans
Perch Base
Phoenix, AZ
United States Submariners

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Mesa Market Place Memorial Day Event - Saturday - May 27.       ★       Memorial Day - At National Cemetery of AZ - May 29.       ★       Monthly Meeting - June 10 - at Dillon's.
2017 Flagstaff AFDP

A good turnout of Perch Base Members, wives and family participated in the Armed Forces Day Parade in Flagstaff on Saturday, May 20, 2017.
View more parade pictures HERE.

Jim Andrews and Pen Pal Noah Dobson

Pen Pals
Perch Base Life Member and Membership Chairman Jim Andrews participates in a Pen Pal Program sponsored by Operation Welcome Home where he write letters to a fourth grader and the fourth grader writes letters in return. This picture shows Jim talking to Noah Dobson, his Pen Pal. Noah attends Settlers Point Elementary School in Gilbert. The school happens to be just a few blocks from the park where Perch Base took the USS Phoenix (SSN-702) float for a static display at the Gilbert, AZ Veterans Day Ceremony for the last several years. There was a Booth that Operation Welcome Home was manning advertising this Pen Pal Program. On Wednesday, 5/17/2017, Jim and his wife Marcie attended a Pen Pal Meet and Greet at Settlers Point Elementary School, where they actually got to meet with the kids that participated, including Noah.

Annual Picnic

Annual Picnic
Perch Base held its Annual Picnic meeting on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Some members from Tautog Base from Casa Grande, White Mountain Base and Gudgeon Base from Prescott Valley also joined us.
Three SubVets were inducted into the Holland Club, having been qualified in submarines for 50 years.
View more picnic pictures HERE.

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Lost Boat Sponsorships
Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) Lost Boat Sponsorships are still available for a $500 Donation.
Follow THIS LINK to see the remaining lost boat sponsorships available.
American causalities during WWII included 52 submarines lost taking the lives of 374 officers and 3,131 enlisted men. The submarine force lost 25% of those who served which represented the highest percentage of fatalities of any U.S. military force in WWII. Our WWII submarine veterans paid a high price for our freedom…we shall never forget their sacrifice..

USS Scorpion

Lest we forget to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. . .
49 years ago, on May 22, 1968, the USS Scorpion (SSN-589) sailed off into history on her final and eternal patrol.
USS Scorpion (SSN-589) was returning to Norfolk, VA. from a Mediterranean deployment. On May 22,1968 she reported her position to be about 50 miles south of the Azores. Scorpion was never heard from again. The exact cause of her loss has never been determined.
99 men were lost.
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USS Squalus

Lest we forget to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. . .
78 years ago, on May 23, 1939, the USS Squalus (SS-192) sailed off into history on her final and eternal patrol.
During test dives off Portsmouth, NH, the main engine air induction failed with resultant flooding. After the much-reported rescue and recovery of the ship, she was re-commissioned as the USS Sailfish.
26 men were lost.
"Sailors, rest your oars, we have the watch."
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May 2017 George Long Eternal Patrol Photos

George Long
Perch Base Holland Club member George Long passed on to Eternal Patrol April 22, 2017.
George was remembered at the Melcher Mortuary in Mesa, AZ, followed by lunch at Christ's Church in San Tan Valley, AZ.
George joined the Navy in 1950, qualified in submarines on the USS Sea Fox (SS-402) in 1958 and retired from the Navy as a Chief Electrician’s Mate, EMC(SS), in 1973.
See more details HERE.

Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

April 2017 Western Regional Roundup Photos

What? A sailor with no coffee?
There was an issue at the Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall where the Western Regional Roundup was held, regarding NO COFFEE MAKERS in their rooms (that would have been an upgrade). Anyway, the Unser's were staying at Trump International (freebie), and had plenty of coffee. Eat your hearts out!
See more pictures HERE.

Ray Marshall Qualified 75 Years Photo

Qualified 75 Years!
Perch Base Submarine Veterans (USSVI) awarded Ray Marshall a "75 Years Qualified" rocker and Quilt of Valor on April 8, 2017.
Ray, a USSVI Life Member and Holland Club Member, joined the Navy in 1939, and retired as a Chief Engineman, ENC(SS) in 1959.
Ray qualified in 1941 on the USS Porpoise (SS-172) and served on 7 submarines.
See more pictures HERE.

John Phillip Holland Photo

The “Submarine Force Birthday” is April 11. Holland VI was purchased by the U.S. government for the sum of $150,000 on 11 April 1900 from John Phillip Holland's Holland Torpedo Boat Company. She was considered to be the first truly successful craft of her type. Holland VI was modified after her christening, and was renamed USS Holland (SS-1) when she was commissioned. The United States Government soon ordered more submarines from Holland's company, which became the Electric Boat company. These boats were to be known as the Plunger class. These became America's first fleet of underwater naval vessels.
Some Submariners consider April 11 to be "Wear Your Dolphins to Work Day."

2017 Paradise RV Park Parade

Perch Base celebrated St. Patrick's Day on March 17, 2017, at a parade for the residents of the Paradise RV Park.
Perch Base member Bill Woolcott who is also a Paradise RV Park resident half the year while escaping the Wisconsin winters, rode with us on the trailer.
See more parade pictures HERE.

March 2017 Richard Kunze installation as Base Commander

New Officers
Perch Base voted and installed new officers at the base meeting on March 11th. Richard Kunze was elected Base Commander and Howard Doyle was elected Vice-Commander.
This photo shows the installation of Richard by our Perch Base member and Western District 1 (WD1) Commander Jim Denzien.
Pictures of the installation of both Richard and Howard can be viewed HERE.

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Veterans Heritage Project
Perch Base member Dick Noreika, Capt. USN (ret) encourages any submariners, but especially diesel boat sailors, to register for the Veterans Heritage Project. Many or our older sub sailors are sadly going on eternal patrol with stories that will be lost forever.
Contact Dick to get registered by emailing him at jnoreika@hotmail.com, or snail mail to P.O. Box 5272, Carefree, AZ 85377-5272.
Students in the Veterans Heritage Project (formerly Arizona Heritage Project) from chapter schools have conducted nearly 1,000 interviews with veterans from World War I to Afghanistan. An important reason to collect these narratives is to preserve them for future generations with the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, which has collected over 85,000 stories to date.

Map to Dillon's Restaurant

We meet the second Saturday of every month at 1200 hours (noon if you’ve been out a while) at Dillon's Restaurant, 20585 North 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308-6821 (Left-click address, or the map above, for a Google map to Dillon's.) Come at 1100 for time to "socialize."

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The Loss of the Perch

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US Flag

From Governor Ducey's office: As a tribute to the 21,183 law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice throughout U.S. history, government agencies, businesses and residents are to fly their U.S. flags at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Monday, May 15, 2017 for National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

65 U.S. Submarines never returned to port. Click on Eternal Patrol and see pictures and stories of the "boats" that remain at sea . . . forever, on eternal patrol.

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USSVI Creed:

"To perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. That their dedication, deeds and supreme sacrifice be a constant source of motivation toward greater accomplishments. Pledge loyalty and patriotism to the United States of America and its Constitution.

In addition to perpetuating the memory of departed shipmates, we shall provide a way for all Submariners to gather for the mutual benefit and enjoyment. Our common heritage as Submariners shall be strengthened by camaraderie. We support a strong U.S. Submarine Force.

The organization will engage in various projects and deeds that will bring about the perpetual remembrance of those shipmates who have given the supreme sacrifice. The organization will also endeavor to educate all third parties it comes in contact with about the services our submarine brothers performed and how their sacrifices made possible the freedom and lifestyle we enjoy today."

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We honor those submariners
who have never
returned to port
and remain on
Eternal Patrol

Link to boats on Eternal Patrol

Click on the picture, above,
to see those boats on
"Eternal Patrol"

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Officer Dolphins

WE are an organization with but one simple requirement to join
— have you ever worn Dolphins?
(been designated, "Qualified in Submarines.")

All of us have served their country
in the Silent Service

Enlisted Dolphins


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Because we are the "SILENT SERVICE," many people are unaware of the services our submarine brothers performed in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Thirty submarines served in the Korean War, as detailed on the USS Bowfin Submarine website. Sixty-six submarines served in the Vietnam War, as detailed in a letter from United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

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Click here for the Submarine Glossary

Click on the Blackboard for a Complete Glossary of Submarine, Naval and Nautical Terms

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Click on this sentence, or the photo, below, to see how the float was constructed

Pictures showing how the float was constructed

To honor those who currently serve, and those who went before us, we built this float that we use in parades and static displays. The float is a 1/15 scale model of the nuclear powered submarine USS Phoenix (SSN-702,) named after our city. The Phoenix was a Los Angeles-class submarine that was 362 feet long and, on the surface, had 32 feet of the ship under water.

Need a description of the Perch Base float, a scale model of the USS Phoenix (SSN-702)?
Click on the document icon, below, to get the approved and authentic script suitable for parades or other public events.

Refer the event organizers to http://www.perch-base.org/Float-Announcer-Script.pdf

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Click here for the Submarine Glossary

Click here for a complete historical listing of all the classes of submarines.